Bismarck, ND - The air and ground search for an elderly Mountrail County man is now in its third day. The missing man, 89-year-old Russell Kilen from Stanley, ND, was reported missing after he did not return home after leaving the Cenex station at about 6:30 p.m on Sunday evening. He was last seen driving a white, 1993 4-door Dodge Intrepid tagged with a ND license plate GRP 286.
The search effort has involved several state and local agencies such as the ND Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), the ND Wing-Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the Mountrail County Sheriff's Department, the ND Highway Patrol (NDHP) and the ND National Guard (NDNG).
The search, which has consisted of both ground and air searches, has at times been hampered by bad weather, such as cold temperatures and strong winds.
"A Guard helicopter was slated to be used in the search today but was unable to fly north of Washburn because of heavy wind," said N.D. Director of Homeland Security, Greg Wilz. "We're hoping that the weather is better tomorrow so we are able to use that resource."
Today, the CAP conducted ground team searches of city streets in the towns of Berthold, Tagus, Blaisdell and Palermo. Additional searches were conducted on all section line roads north of US Hwy 2 to ND Hwy 8 including a search of the previously driven roads on Monday that are south of US Hwy 2 from ND Hwy 8 to Des Lacs.
Russ Timmreck, State Radio Director, is requesting the public to keep their eyes open and report anything that may be helpful in the search. Any tips or information should be directed to ND State Radio at 1-800-472-2121 or the Mountrail County Sheriff's Department at 701-628-2975.
Kilen was last seen wearing a black or dark blue cap with a gold Army emblem, a blue button up shirt with a blue sweater and a brown winter jacket with a fur collar. Kilen is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He has brown with grey hair and blue eyes.